Having a kilt custom-made can cost $170 or more. Buying an authentic kilt already made can cost $10 or more. Whether you want the kilt for Halloween, to celebrate with the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, to show your Celtic heritage, a traditional family wedding, or just because, that amount of money can really put a damper on the old pocketbook. Learning how to sew your own will cost you roughly half that amount and might make you that much more proud to being wearing a kilt.
Things You Will Need:
- 4-5yards of material
- Buckles (optional)
- Velcro (optional)
- Matching quilters thread
- Kilt Instructions
- Sewing machine
- Tape Measure
Purchase or download Kilt instructions and/or pattern. This will be the base of your kilt. There are many patterns in which to choose from so pick based on your style preference and sewing ability.
There are many available on the internet, just type it in to your favorite search engine. Purchase your material (tartan). This is generally based on the Irish family county and the Scottish family name. If you are unsure of your Scottish or Irish patterns or colors, a little research might be needed. There are many sites on the internet that will show you what you need and even the businesses that offer your official material. If you are just making a kilt for fun, the material is really of your own choosing.
Measure the waist of the kilt wearer. Wrap the tape measure around the narrowest part of your waist (about an inch above the belly button) and take note of the measurement. Add a few extra inches just to be sure it is not too tight.
Measure the hips at the widest part and take note of the measurement. Because the pleats will add thickness, be sure to add an inch or two.
Kneel on the ground and measure from your knee to your waist and take note of the measurement; this will ensure the proper length of the kilt.
Get out your chalk, pins measuring tape, and instructions.
You are now going to make your pleats. Pleats will vary according to different patterns and instructions.
Sew the waist of the pleats according to instructions.
Sew hanging edges according to instructions, this will ensure no edges on the kilt will fray.
Sew on the belt loops per instructions if are making loops.
Add the buckles and/or Velcro according to instructions.
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Show off your kilt!
Here are some pics (from 2009) of my husband and I getting ready to go to RenFest. Look at how itty bitty kiddo was! (she’s 10 now! also, she looks freaked out, but she wasn’t. it’s just how it ended up looking cause he took the pic right as she was getting her drink)
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I can not imagine that my hubby would ever be in a situation where he would need a kilt, but this is good to know just in case.
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says
I’m not sure when my hubby would need one either, but these came out very nice. I’m terrible at sewing though 🙁
Terry @CandidaJourney says
I used to sew but I quit sewing a few years ago. You did a great job on those kilts.
Catherine S says
You did a wonderful job making the kilts. I am not sure if I could get my husband to wear one, but I would love it if he did.
That would be fun for St. Patty’s day which is coming up. I’m not Irish or at least I don’t think, who knows.
Sarah Bailey says
I don’t think my other half would ever wear a kilt, I remember loving wearing them when I was child. x
Wow, I didn’t know you could sew your own kilts! There’s a Scottish festival near us.
How fun. I love Celtic festivals!
Liz Mays says
What a fun idea for celebrating St. Patrick’s day. Making the family some kilts would be so fun.
Maureen @ A Debt Free Stress Free Life says
These all look really great. I would love to have one of them hand made for me.
Amber NElson says
That is something I could never do. Maybe I could with these awesome directions.
I hate sewing. I am terrible at it – so I’d buy one from you 🙂
My sewing skills suck, but your kilts turned out awesome! It’s great when you can diy these things and save a ton of money!
I love a guy in a kilt. Lol. Wear it with confidence 🙂
Tough Cookie Mommy says
These kilts look so traditional. They bring me back in time to the Highlands.
Melissa Vera says
I never would have thought that you could make your own kilt. I love this idea so much.
This is great! 2yrs ago my daughter at the last minute wanted a kilt for her Halloween costume and I couldn’t find one anywhere… This would be great to have known then! Glad to know now!
It has been a long time since I have sat down to sew anything . You kilts look awesome and your husband looks great. I will have to see if I can get my husband in one.
Donna Ward says
Never knew anything about kilts – this was an eye opener – and your kilts are – WOW! Nope can’t see my hubby wearing one – no matter how masculine your hubby looks! lol
I think it helps that he is Irish/Scottish and his father (Irish/Scottish) and his step mom (Irish) also wear them.
Amanda Love says
That’s a manly man right there. I have a few friends and family in the UK who wear them when they go out and I love seeing them wearing it. I might make one for me, then again I’ll probably just buy it.
Alice Chase says
Awesome! I have several friends that are into ren faires I’ll share this with them.
Many of my friends participate in Scottish and Irish cultural activities, so I’ll be sharing this with them!
We do, too. They can be quite fun.
Paula Schuck says
Can’t say I’ve ever needed a kilt but this is a great diy. Thanks for sharing!
Wow, so basically… buy a pattern and follow the instructions. I was hoping a little more for some photos of each step, as it’s nice to have a visual guide. I guess I’ll keep searching. Although, yours look great, I am new to sewing so hoping to get addition help.